Take A Dance jig

Take A Dance has been added to 12 tunebooks.

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X: 1
T: Take A Dance
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|: "Bm" B2c d2e | "D" fed "A" c3 | "Bm" B2c d2e | "D" f2g "Bm" fdB |
"Bm" B2c d2e | "D" fed "A" c3 | "A" A2B c2d | "A" e2a ecA :|
|: "D" a2f "G" g2e | "D" f2d "A" c3 | "Bm" B2c d2e | "D" f2g "Bm" fdB |
"D" aaf "A" gge | "D" ffd "A" c3 | "A" A2B c2d | "A" e2a ecA :|

Seven comments

A play in a ceilidh band, and we were asked by a caller for this tune at a recent gig. Well, we didn’t know it (who would?), so the caller had to call a different dance instead.

Notwithstanding the latter, I decided to research it afterwards. The caller had told us that it was a Playford tune, but I couldn’t find it in those collections.

I eventually discovered that it was first published in "Thompson’s Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances", vol. 2 (London, 1765), although it certainly has the feel of a "Playford" tune.

I’ve arranged what I consider to be a suitable guitar accompaniment for it, and I’ve included this in my abc transcription.

Like many tunes of this origin an period, it is fairly simple, although this one does have the interest of modulation to and from Bm to the relative major.

Take a Dance

Also published in "The Barnes Book of English Country Dance Tunes" by Peter Barnes, vol 1, p124, first published 1986 - slightly different harmony, but "copyright" so cannot be reproduced here.

The two volumes are a wonderful source of English Country Dance (as I understand Americans call the Playford style) tunes; old, new, well-known obscure (even one of mine in vol 2- I did say "obscure"!).

See http://www.canispublishing.com/ for details of these and Peter’s other books.

The two volumes will be available in the UK via Derek and Ann Appleing (Folk Sales), 55 Arle Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. GL51 8LA.

There will probably be copies for reference in the library at Cecil Sharp House (EFDSS HQ) in London.

All the best

Peter Jenkins

Thanks Vonnie, I was just about to add that I was sure there was a recording of this somewhere. I’ll have to check the ‘Bare Necessities’ recordings. I’ll add it if I find it… We’ve played and danced this too.

I second the recommendation of the work by Peter, great stuff, and he’s also featured on a number of choice recordings too, such as those with the group Yankee Ingenuity…

Peter Barnes

He’s a wonder on keyboards AND woodwinds (and some strings as well) as I’m sure you know, Ceol! Nice guy, too - with a great sense of humor. If I’m not mistaken, he’s working on his third edition of ECD tunebook?

Re: Take A Dance

Taught on the 2017 English Acoustic Collective week at Ruskin Mill, Nr Stroud.